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John Byington: First General Conference President, Circuit-Riding Preacher, and Radical Reformer.



SKU# 9780816362004

By Brian E. Strayer

ISBN: 9780816362004 | 304 pages | Pacific Press Publishing Association | Copyright 2018

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Probably the image most Adventists have of Elder John Byington is based on the only photograph they’ve ever seen, which portrays the aged patriarch as a silver-haired, balding, bearded, wrinkled, scowling preacher in a black frock coat and white shirt buttoned tightly around his neck. 

But John Byington, the first president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, was so much more.  A loving family man and successful farmer and businessman, Elder Byington was also a social radical.  More than just a token abolitionist, new evidence presented in this biography indicates that he actively assisted fugitive slaves along the famous Underground Railroad. 

Far from being an administrator only, to a significant degree, Elder Byington remained a circuit-riding revivalist preacher throughout his life. Every year, he set out to cheer the discouraged, reconcile differences, urge repentance, and build faith and unity by holding revival, testimony, and prayer meetings.  By preaching short homilies about heaven, grace, prayer, conversion, and perseverance, Elder Byington helped the early Adventist Church grow stronger congregations and a tightly unified, rapidly growing denomination. 

This intriguing biography reveals a man who followed traditional models of leadership, yet did not shy away from the important issues of his day. His passion for encouraging the members and his commitment to ministry helped him make enormous contributions to the mission and development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Probably the image most Adventists have of Elder John Byington is based on the only photograph they’ve ever seen, which portrays the aged patriarch as a silver-haired, balding, bearded, wrinkled, scowling preacher in a black frock coat and white shirt buttoned tightly around his neck. 

But John Byington, the first president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, was so much more.  A loving family man and successful farmer and businessman, Elder Byington was also a social radical.  More than just a token abolitionist, new evidence presented in this biography indicates that he actively assisted fugitive slaves along the famous Underground Railroad. 

Far from being an administrator only, to a significant degree, Elder Byington remained a circuit-riding revivalist preacher throughout his life. Every year, he set out to cheer the discouraged, reconcile differences, urge repentance, and build faith and unity by holding revival, testimony, and prayer meetings.  By preaching short homilies about heaven, grace, prayer, conversion, and perseverance, Elder Byington helped the early Adventist Church grow stronger congregations and a tightly unified, rapidly growing denomination. 

This intriguing biography reveals a man who followed traditional models of leadership, yet did not shy away from the important issues of his day. His passion for encouraging the members and his commitment to ministry helped him make enormous contributions to the mission and development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY:

Brian E. Strayer


Brian E. Strayer, PhD, served as a counselor at Camp Cherokee in New York's Adirondack Mountains a few miles southeast of John Byington's farm. A retired professor emeritus of history at Andrews University, Dr. Strayer enjoys writing about Adventist history and leading Adventist heritage tours of New England, New York, and the Midwest. 

 
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This book was very interesting both historically and biographically. I would recommend this book to a friend if they enjoy biographies and church history as well as American history in general. For this type of biography, the author kept it interesting and I did not get bored reading it. I enjoyed the authors writing style.